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Poster: jonc Date: Jan 29, 2010 8:21pm
Forum: texts Subject: The Open College Textbook Act

The Open College Textbook Act (Senate bill 1714), proposed by Sen. Richard Durbin, aims to provide free access to college textbooks to the general public. It's currently pending debate in the Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions.

The cost of higher education is a barrier to many, and textbooks are a major element of these costs; on average, college students spend $800 to $1200 on textbooks each year. Free access to textbooks will increase accessibility to higher education. Take some time to write committee members urging them to bring this bill to the table, and to pass it on to a floor vote.

US Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions

Democrats by Rank

Tom Harkin (IA)
Christopher Dodd (CT)
Barbara A. Mikulski (MD)
Jeff Bingaman (NM)
Patty Murray (WA)
Jack Reed (RI)
Bernard Sanders (I) (VT)
Sherrod Brown (OH)
Robert P. Casey, Jr. (PA)
Kay Hagan (NC)
Jeff Merkley (OR)
Al Franken (MN)
Michael Bennet (CO)

Republicans by Rank

Michael B. Enzi (WY)
Judd Gregg (NH)
Lamar Alexander (TN)
Richard Burr (NC)
Johnny Isakson (GA)
John McCain (AZ)
Orrin G. Hatch (UT)
Lisa Murkowski (AK)
Tom Coburn, M.D. (OK)
Pat Roberts (KS)

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Poster: stbalbach Date: Jan 29, 2010 8:40pm
Forum: texts Subject: Re: The Open College Textbook Act

Here's the Bill for more info:

govtrack: S.1714
opencongress: S.1714

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Poster: jonc Date: Jan 29, 2010 9:07pm
Forum: texts Subject: Re: The Open College Textbook Act

Thanks, that slipped my mind. :)

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Poster: garthus Date: Jan 29, 2010 9:29pm
Forum: texts Subject: Re: The Open College Textbook Act

This is quite interesting; All of the courses which I have taught at the University level have included textbooks licensed under the Creative Commons which I wrote specifically for each class. Maybe the insanity created by this economy will prod them into doing something right for once. In any case I hope it passes before they realize what they are really doing.

Gerry

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Poster: jonc Date: Jan 30, 2010 12:44pm
Forum: texts Subject: Re: The Open College Textbook Act

Not all instructors have the time or the skill to write their own material. Do you have anything posted here? It could be very instructive.

The college I work at is resorting to "renting" textbooks to reduce costs this year. I can see where this might be beneficial in a few cases, but in many areas it just won't be practical. Engineering and CS texts, among others, just aren't disposable, and savings would evaporate quickly.